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Man’s Deficiency Before God

1.How is the condition of Jews and Gentiles alike ? Romans 3:9.

      ROM 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

2.What are the four "none's"? Romans 3:10-12.

      ROM 3:10 As it is written: "There is  none righteous, no, not one;

      ROM 3:11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

      ROM 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one."

3.What do these indicate concerning every human being?

4.What departure has been made by all? Romans 3:12.

5.To what have we all turned? Isaiah 53:6.

      ISA 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

6.Where will this lead? Matthew 7:13.

      MATT 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is
      the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

7.What is the evaluation of the natural man before God? Romans 3:12.

      ROM 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.

8.How is man's condition revealed in his speech? Romans 3:13-14.

      ROM 3:13 "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; ROM 3:14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."

9.What is the condition of the human heart? Jeremiah 17:9.

      JER 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

10.Where do all of man's sins have their source? Mark 7:21-23.

      MARK 7:21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication's, murders, MARK 7:22 "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. MARK 7:23 "All these evil things come from
      within and defile a man."

11.What indictment does the law bring against the whole world? Romans 3:19.

      ROM 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

12.What is the position of all who are striving for right standing before God by keeping the law? Galatians 3:10.

      GAL 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

13.Before God touches the life, what is the condition of every person? Ephesians 2:1.

      EPH 2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

14.Who is actually at work in the life? Eph. 2:2.

      EPH 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

15.What is the dominating influence in the life? Ephesians 2:3.

      EPH 2:3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

16.Why is the true gospel hid to those who are lost? II Corinthians 4:3-4.

      2COR 4:3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 2COR 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

17.When does sin have its beginning in a human life? Psalm 51:5.

      PS 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

18.Why is this the case? Romans 5:12.

      ROM 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-

19.How does this put all men on common ground? Romans 3:23.

      ROM 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

20.What did Job, "the best man on earth," declare concerning himself when he had a meeting with God? Job 42:5-6

      JOB 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.
      JOB 42:6 Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."

21.What effect did the vision of the Lord upon a throne have upon young Isaiah? Isaiah 6:1-5.

      ISA 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory]" 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone] Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."

22.What did Paul the apostle realize regarding his own natural self in relationship to God? Romans 7:18.

      ROM 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

23.How accurately or inaccurately does all of this describe your own condition?

24.What application are you able to make to yourself of Paul's statement recorded in I Timothy 1 :15.

      1TIM 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

25.What is a good prayer with which to make a beginning before God? Luke 18:13.

      LUKE 18:13 "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying,' God, be merciful to me a sinner]'

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God Meets Man's Need

1.What does every person in himself lack before God? Romans 3 :5, 10; 6:20.

      ROM 3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.)

      ROM 3:10 As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;
      ROM 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

2.What two kinds of righteousness are recognized in the Scriptures? Romans 10:3.

      ROM 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

3.What is wrong with the one? Isaiah 64:6.

      ISA 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

4.How do we learn about the other? Romans 1:16-17, 3:21.

      ROM 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

      ROM 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

      ROM 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

5.How is it bestowed? 3:22.

      ROM 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

6.What has made this bestowment possible? Romans 3:24-25.

      ROM 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
      ROM 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

7.On what basis does God not bestow it? Titus 3:5; Galatians 2:16.

      TIT 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

      GAL 2:16 "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

8.What kind of people does God declare righteous? Romans 4:5.

      ROM 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

9.By what fatal effort do people go lost? Romans 10:3.

      ROM 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

10.What has canceled the debt incurred by our sins? I Cor. 15:3; Romans 4:25b; 5:10.

      1COR 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

      ROM 4:25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, b, and was raised because of our justification.

      ROM 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

11.How was this accomplished? I Peter 2:24.

      1PET 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness- by whose stripes you were healed.

12.How complete is this work? John 19:30; cf. Psalm 103:12.

      JOHN 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

      PS 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13.What kind of life is lacking in man when he is born on this earth? John 3:5; Eph. 4:18.

      JOHN 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

      EPH 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

14.What is his reaction to the things of God? I Cor. 2:14.

      1COR 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15.What is the condition of the natural mind of man? Romans 8:7.

      ROM 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

16.What is it impossible for man in his natural state to do? Romans 8:8.

      ROM 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

17.What is the basic need in order to become a child of God? John 3 :3, 5, 7.

      JOHN 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

      JOHN 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

      JOHN 3:7 "Do not marvel that I said to you,' You must be born again.'

18.What has the resurrection of Christ made available? I Peter 1:3.

      1PET 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

19.What is the means of accomplishing this work in a life? I Peter 1:23.

      1PET 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

20.What is thus imparted to a person? II Peter 1:4.

      2PET 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

21.Who is it that accomplishes this work? John 3:6.

      JOHN 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

22.What is accomplished in this work? Ezekiel 36:26-27 and II Corinthians 5:17.

      EZEK 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
      EZEK 36:27 "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

      2COR 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

23.What two spirits are to be distinguished by the child of God? Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 8:16.

      ROM 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

24.What relationship with the Holy Spirit is it important for him to recognize? I Cor. 6:19.

      1COR 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?


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Freedom from the Power of Sin

Romans 6:1-11

      ROM 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
      ROM 6:2 Certainly not] How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
      ROM 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
      ROM 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
      ROM 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
      ROM 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
      ROM 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
      ROM 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
      ROM 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
      ROM 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
      ROM 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1.What is the difference between "sins" and "sin" in the book of Romans? Cf. 3:25 and 4:7 with 7:20.

      ROM 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

      ROM 4:7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

      ROM 7:20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

2.Which do you find used in Romans 6, and what is significant about this?

      Sin. (Sin seems to be a condition. "Sins" are what we do) any other ideas?

3.How does the second question of verse one logically stem from the second sentence of 5 :20?

4.Why is the thought of continuing to live in sin shown to be an outrageous one? v.2.

5.Of whom is this fact true? v.3.

6.To whom has this happened? Cf. I Cor. 12:13.

      1COR 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

7.How did those who are in Jesus Christ get there? See I Cor. 1:30.

      1COR 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God- and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-

8.Why could not the rite of baptism, performed by a human being, accomplish that which is spoken of in Romans 6:3? Cf. John 1:12-13.

      JOHN 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
      JOHN 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

9.The baptism into Jesus Christ involves a participation in what? v.3; cross ref. Gal. 2:20.

      GAL 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

10.What is the basis for a transformed life? v.4.

11.What is counted as having happened to us through our union with Christ?


12.What outward and public witness is the Christian called upon to give of that which has happened to him by virtue of his union with Christ? (cf. Matt. 28:19.)

      MATT 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

13.Why are we to have lives in the likeness of Christ's resurrection? (Substitute the word "united" for the word "planted" in verse 5.)

14.What is the "old man," as spoken of in v.6? cf. Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9.

      EPH 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

      COL 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

15.What has happened to "the old man"?

16.What is to be the practical result in our lives ?

17.How have we been set free from sin? v.7.

18.Does the "if" in verse eight indicate a doubt of the fact or is it a declaration of the fact?

19.What two facts necessarily go together, according to verse 8?

20.What is the certainty concerning the relationship of Christ to death? v. 9.

21.What contrasting relationships does Christ have to sin and to God? v. 10.

22.How is that which is stated concerning the death of Christ in verse ten different from that which is stated concerning it in 5 :8 and I Corinthians 15:3?

      1COR 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

23.According to verse 11, what attitude are we to maintain on the basis of the previous information?

24.What does this command of verse 11, based on the facts set forth in verse 10, reveal regarding the relationship between what Christ is and what true believers are? Compare I John 4:17b; Colossians 2:10.

      COL 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

      1JN 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

25.Where only is it that we are dead to sin and alive to God?

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You Are What You Choose!

1.What role is sin not to play in one's life? Romans 6:12.

2.Whose is the responsibility to see to this?

3.What is the significance of the word "therefore" in connection with this command?

4.What relationship are we to have to the desires of the body?

5.How are you to guard the members of your body? Romans 6:13. (Substitute the word "present" for the word "yield" in this verse.)

6.If we allow our members to give in to sin's appeal, what do they then become?

7.How can we successfully meet the appeal of sin? Romans 6:11.

8.What are we to do with "the deeds of the body"? See Romans 8:13, cf. Col. 3:5.

9.What is the only basis on which it is possible to do this? Romans 6:6.

10.What is the enabling by which it is to be done? Romans 8:13, Galatians 5:16.

11.What dedication are you as a child of God called upon to make? Romans 6:13.

12.What basic fact is the motivating power for this dedication? 6 :13, cf. 6:4.

13.Have you made this dedication in such a specific manner that you can recall the time and the place? If not, why not?

14.What is the child of God to consider his members to be? 6:13.

15.What three relationships indicate the holiness of the Christian's body? I Cor. 6:15,19.

16. As a child of God, what are you to do with your members? Romans 6:13.

17.What are some indications that dedication to God does not bring His automatic control of the life but that it is to involve a moment-by-moment exercise of the believer's will? See, e.g., II Cor. '7:1; 10 :5b; Phil. 4:8; I Peter 1:13; Jude 20, 21.

18.What enabling does the child of God have for this continuing exercise of his will? See Philippians 2:13.

19.What is the relationship of every child of God to sin? Romans 6:18, 22.

20.What has happened to us that has brought this about? Romans 6:6-7; Galatians 2 :20.

21.Why is the direction in which we make our choices an important matter? Romans 6:16.

22.What do you discover when you try to live the Christian life in your own strength? Romans 7:19.

23.What will you always serve to the extent that you follow the flesh? 7:25.

24.What are you to do about the flesh? Romans 13:14b.

25.What is the basis on which you are to perform this? Galatians 5:24.

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